A billion cloud computing donation, ‘Minecraft’ heads to the classroom and editing genes with …

Late January may be the dreariest stretch of the year, but it has been a downright exciting week at Microsoft. Here’s our latest edition of Weekend Reading with an overview of the company’s news highlights over the last days. Yes, you read it correctly in the headline. That is $1 billion with a “b.” Microsoft’s donation will roll out over the next five years in the form of cloud computing resources to nonprofits, faculty researchers in universities, and communities that lack effective broadband access. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced, “Cloud computing is one of the most important transformations of our time… If we do not put this technology power in the hands of mission-driven organizations, we risk making a disproportionate investment in solutions to ‘first-world problems’ at the expense of…


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